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Lucy Woodall Harris

August 15, 1940 - April 1, 2023

Lucy Woodall Harris passed away peacefully in her home April 1, 2023. She was born on August 15, 1940, and lived most of her life in Virginia on her parent’s farm in Buckingham County and their Lynchburg home, except for the time the family lived in New Orleans, Louisiana when her father served in the Navy.

Lucy graduated from E.C. Glass High School and attended Central Virginia Community College and the Baptist Bible College in Springfield Missouri. Her major was History, and she kept that interest throughout her entire life. Lucy had a long career which included: working as a substitute teacher in the Campbell County School System, she then developed and owned a local stenographic service. Upon her marriage to Kenneth, she and her husband were equal partners in their private investment and rental property business until it was sold in mid-2005. She ended her working career by teaching Parliamentary Procedure classes and Leadership Development workshops.

Lucy has been a dedicated volunteer in her community for years including: The Virginia Federation of Woman’s Clubs, the Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation where she served as a trustee, the Friends of Lynchburg Public Library, the Lynchburg Museum System, served as a docent at Point of Honor, was a past President of The GFWC Lynchburg Suburban Woman’s Club, and was active in her church at Rivermont  Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as president of the Adult Bible Class.

Her hobbies included: fashion design, art, genealogy and historical research, antique restoration, gardening, reading, and historic preservation.

Lucy is survived by two brothers, Thomas “Jack” Woodall of Spout Spring, and David Christian Woodall (Glenda) of Dillwyn, two stepsons, Kenneth L. Harris of Lynchburg, and Peter V. Harris of Madison Heights, and one sister-in-law Charlotte Woodall of New Kent, and numerous close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Lee Harris, Sr., her parents James Abbitt Woodall and Virginia Townsend Woodall, and one brother James Abbitt Woodall, Jr.

Lucy never had children of her own, so she had a great interest in young people in today’s society, thus her interest in the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.

The family would like to express extreme gratitude to Lucy’s wonderful caregivers, all of whom showed Lucy love, tenderness, and kindness. The family will be forever grateful to Cheryl Edwards and Brenda Ware for their regular assistance, the many caregivers from The Key Home Health Services, and Melissa Floyd and her team from Amedysis Hospice.

A Celebration of Lucy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ron Cox officiating. A short service of committal will be held at Old City Cemetery Columbarium at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. A friend’s reception will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers please consider making memorial donations to the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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My dearest Lucy, you took a part of everyone’s heart in the Alice Kyle District when you became an angel in heaven! My sincere condolences to the family. Lucy taught me a lot in the club and she brightened up the room when she came impeccably dressed with a big smile on her face. She loved all of us and kept us in line. There will be a big void that will be hard to fill. We love you Lucy and may you watch over us all.

Posted by Gail Howell on April 8, 2023

Dear Lucy was a beloved member of the Alice Kyle District of the General Federated Women's Clubs of Virginia. Lucy brought light and joy and peace to every member she came in contact with. Her heart was forever dedicated to the service of others. She embodied the truest definition of a servant leader. This club woman feels the loss of our beloved Lucy keenly. My comfort to the family and friends who grieve her loss, as does all of the Alice Kyle District Juniors. Her memory will live on in our hearts and hopefully, in our actions we can honor her memory. ~Elizabeth Blair Trent, Director of Junior Clubs, Alice Kyle District, GFWC Virginia.

Posted by Elizabeth Blair Trent on April 7, 2023

The staff and trustees at Patrick Henry Family Services are saddened by the news of our long time friend. Lucy served as a trustee for many years but she’ll be most remembered for chairing the Scholarship Committee. She possessed a gift for presenting reports that always made us glad about the work we do. She also connected well with the children we serve. We are going to miss her in so many different ways.

Posted by Robert Day on April 6, 2023

Heaven now has a Special Angel our Sweet and Beautiful Lucy. I am so thankful and Bless she was brought into my life. Lucy and I were a part of the Alice Kyle District/Woman's Club. When she walked into a room her Beautiful smile and sweet personality lit up the room. You had just made a Special Friend. My Beautiful Lucy you will have a Special place in my Heart forever. Love you Carol Tyree

Posted by Carol Tyree on April 6, 2023

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